THE RHINO THAT PARADES THE STREETS OF DURBAN
By: Zamalanda Mahlaba
“Yenza” the crafted baby rhino who weighs 120kg, found herself a new home at the Priority Zone offices after being at the Durban Art Gallery.
The rhino was carried by Priority Zone security guardsand other interested locals. Baby Yenza who was crafted by 40craftsmen and took a period of two months to perfect,has gone international. Many of her pictures have been seen by many people in the United States including President Barack Obama who also started an initiative in the safety and saving of the rhino’s.
Yenza has always been at the Durban Art Gallery after being unveiled on World Rhino day last year. Therhino consists of 40kg of decoration material and 80kg of the wire that was used to make the body.
Kathryn Kure, Director of the eThekwini community foundation said, “Yenza allows a lot of people to understand that the killing of rhino’s is not right and that we need to conserve what we have as South Africans, and this project has helped us in doing that.”
The creation of Yenza, which its total cost was R90 000, didn’t only make big news but it helped educate a lot of people who didn’t know the importance of conserving the rhinos. This also created a lot of jobs amongst the different local craft groups in this project that was funded by the eThekwini community foundation.
“Priority Zone is the best home for Yenza after its history of being a place that focuses on sustainability and teaching people how to live around a natural habitat,” added Kure. Yenz’s popularity has driven the U.S to fund a new rhino that goes by the name of Inkanyezi (meaning “a star”) which will also symbolise the American flag.
Inkanyezi will symbolise the partnership of the U.S and South Africa in helping fight the crime of Rhino poaching. Inkanyezi was designed in the U.S and will be made in South Africa and sent to the States when she is completed. “We need to gain creativity within our natural habitat because South Africa has a lot of people who depend on these natural crafts,”Kure said. Baby Yenza will be moved in November again for her next tour which aims to teach more people about sustaining of rhino’s.